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After Being Arrested For Drugs This Man Started Carving Skulls And Turned His Life Around
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After Being Arrested For Drugs This Man Started Carving Skulls And Turned His Life Around

“I guess we are all a bit fascinated by death”, says Victor, carver of these beautifully macabre animal skulls.

Victor is from Transylvania, Romania, and started carving the skull bones after being arrested for possession of drugs two years ago. “I started with bone carving because I was forced to quit many different substances at the same time. It became my way to detach and was the only thing that kept my sanity throughout that ordeal,” he says. “I had been given a wild boar skull by my friend, which I cleaned to calm my nerves. Then I had the idea to start carving it with an actual drill and turn it into a work of art.”

Faced with a choice between prison time and a hefty fine, Victor chose the fine. Beginning with clumsy and improper tools he began to teach himself the intricacies of this unique art, perhaps unsurprisingly influenced by the black metal/doom and stoner soundtrack he chooses to listen to in the background. Bands like Sleep, Uncle Acid, and the Deadbeats, Pentagram and Bongripper are particular favorites to help get him in the mood.

After a year he managed to get together the cash for a proper micro motor and bits designed for carving, and his dark art designs really took off. He now has customers from all over the world buying his skulls. “I sell to people from all creeds and nations, there doesn’t seem to be a certain type of person that buys this traditional art,” he tells me. Surely, however, there’s a certain darkness to the art that must suit a particular taste. I ask him if he knows if they are used for purposes other than pure decoration, occultist practices for example. “I can only hope,” he says with a laugh.

Victor gets his skulls from a variety of sources. “I usually scour the woods, roadkill, flea markets, sometimes I get them from local farmers that raise and cut down their animals for meat. I usually buy the skulls off them with meat and everything on them, then I clean all of them myself.” Cleaning them is itself an intensive process, involving boiling, an air compressor, and finally hydrogen peroxide baths to whiten them.

Next in the pipeline is a much larger sculpture, a complete horse skeleton. “It’s all going to be very intricately carved, with every rib and vertebrae including the skull,” Victor tells me. At over 4 meters it would make an imposing addition to your collection!

For more information check out Victor’s Facebook and Instagram. All photos are credited to Illinca Straton.

Victor is from Transylvania, Romania, and started carving the skulls after being arrested for possession of drugs four years ago

“I started carving skulls because I was forced to quit many different substances at the same time. It became my way to detach and was the only thing that kept my sanity throughout that ordeal”

Faced with a choice between prison time and a hefty fine, Victor chose the fine

Beginning with clumsy and improper tools he began to teach himself the intricacies of carving, inspired by the black metal music he chooses to listen to in the background

He now has proper carving tools and gets customers from all over the world buying his skulls

I ask him if he knows if they are used for purposes other than pure decoration, occultist practices for example. “I can only hope,” he says with a laugh

Victor gets his skulls from a variety of sources

“I usually scour the woods, road kill, flea markets, sometimes I get them from local farmers that raise and cut down their animals for meat. I usually buy the skulls off them with meat and everything on them, than I clean all of them myself.”

Next in the pipeline is a much larger sculpture, a complete horse skeleton. “It’s all going to be very intricately carved, with every rib and vertebrae including the skull”

Check out the rest of Victor’s collection below. He is completely self-taught and can carve skulls to order

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Caroline Pitts
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4 years ago

Amazing artist!!!! I wish him the best in his new life :D

BREAK YOUr perceptions
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4 years ago

Metal meets new age. kinda like the idea. that second to last pic however of all the skulls facing him is creepy AF.

Ok Ha-Neul
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4 years ago

good for you awesome job

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Caroline Pitts
Community Member
4 years ago

Amazing artist!!!! I wish him the best in his new life :D

BREAK YOUr perceptions
Community Member
4 years ago

Metal meets new age. kinda like the idea. that second to last pic however of all the skulls facing him is creepy AF.

Ok Ha-Neul
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4 years ago

good for you awesome job

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